DMV residents braved a snowy Monday morning to celebrate the birthday and legacy of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. with the Annual MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk & Parade.
Today marks 45 years of the memorial parade, held after the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968. Participants carried political signs demanding change, an end to violence and accountability in service to the American people, keeping in step with the legacy of the Civil Rights giant. The event also featured local performance groups of all ages.
Regina Pixley, community activist served as this year’s grand marshals and was joined by retired 7News DC Bureau Chief Sam Ford, Lourdes Robinson, DC Youth Mayor; Tyrone Parker, founder, Alliance of Concerned Men; Reverend Wanda Thompson, pastor of Ambassador Baptist Church. The Annual MLK Holiday parade is a strong tradition in the District.
Click the link to watch the parade: https://wjla.com/watch
The parade is part of a full week of activities honoring King, hosted by the 19th Annual MLK Observance Week. This year’s theme is “Bending Toward Peace, Truth and Justice.” The 19th Annual MLK Observance Week 2024 committee is led by Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes and community activist Stuart Anderson.
Additional details about the annual event, its history and the community organizers who help make it all happen can be found HERE.